FDA issues emergency authorization for BD, BioGX's COVID-19 test
April 3, 2020 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted an emergency use authorization to Becton Dickinson (BD) and BioGX for their novel coronavirus test.
Gene biomarker shows promise as alternative early Alzheimer's blood test
April 1, 2020 -- A gene called phosphoglycerate dehydrogenase (PHGDH) looks promising as a biomarker for early Alzheimer's disease based on a study of RNA blood tests published in the journal Current Biology. The results have potential to open a new avenue of research in blood testing for the disease, beyond beta amyloid and tau, researchers reported.  Discuss
FDA provides reference sequence data for SARS-CoV-2
April 1, 2020 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has collaborated with four expert entities to develop quality-controlled sequence data for the SARS-CoV-2 reference strain.
Scientists use bioinformatics, large datasets to trace origins of SARS-CoV-2
March 30, 2020 -- While many scientists urgently work toward developing successful therapies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, some are looking in the opposite direction: to where SARS-CoV-2 came from. A new report published in the Journal of Proteome Research suggests that while bats are a likely natural reservoir, an intermediate host is probable.  Discuss
New site shares real-time data about novel coronavirus genetics
March 20, 2020 -- DNAstack has introduced an online networking platform for information sharing about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the respiratory disease COVID-19.
Aperiomics launches novel coronavirus test in U.S.
March 20, 2020 -- Biotechnology company Aperiomics has launched a polymerase chain reaction test for detecting the novel coronavirus, with availability nationwide in the U.S.
3DMed dual coronavirus/flu test cleared in Europe
March 20, 2020 -- 3D Medicines (3DMed) has received the CE Mark for its ANDiS real-time polymerase chain reaction test for detecting the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, as well as influenza types A and B .
Pathologists advance understanding of deadly female genital tract infections
March 19, 2020 -- A study of group A Streptococcus and life-threatening female genital tract infections in nonhuman primates sheds light on the genetic nature of these conditions, with potential application for drug development, researchers reported in the American Journal of Pathology.  Discuss
Qiagen, NuProbe partner on next-generation sequencing liquid biopsy
March 17, 2020 -- Qiagen and molecular diagnostics company NuProbe have entered into an agreement to develop noninvasive liquid biopsy tests for cancer diagnosis using next-generation sequencing technology.
Twist releases NGS panel for coronavirus research
March 17, 2020 -- Twist Bioscience has made available for research purposes its target enrichment next-generation sequencing (NGS) panels for detecting and characterizing viral samples from patients who test positive for the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.